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May 11, 2006

Melky Cabrera's Patience

I have to say, even though it's just two games, I'm impressed at the way Melky Cabrera makes a pitcher work. In fact, he's been Giambi-like with his patience so far - note the AL leaders in pitches per PA (as of this morning):

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This is a very good sign that Cabrera could be a useful player.

(And, check out Kelly Stinnett in the Top Ten as well!)

Posted by Steve Lombardi at May 11, 2006 11:33 AM

Comments

Very good point Steve. So far, I've enjoyed seeing Melky's approach...except for his bunt attempts - jeez, were those bad.

About Giambi, the Times had a good article about his plate discipline the other day - worth a read in case you missed it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/07/sports/baseball/07giambi.html

Posted by: James Varghese [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 11, 2006 11:43 AM

Gee Steve can we get a slightly larger sample?

Posted by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 11, 2006 02:07 PM

Don - I used the sortable stats from ESPN.com

I used "non-qualified" - if you run a sort with "qualified" it would give those hitters with more PA (than this cut).

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 11, 2006 02:40 PM

I know this post is about Cabrera, but let me just add that I like Stinnett about a 1000 times more than Flaherty. Even if he doesn't get a hit, he tends to make the pitcher throw a little bit, which these numbers back up. He's a good backup compared to some of the crap that's been around since Girardi left.

Posted by: JeremyM [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 12, 2006 12:54 AM